An Absolutely Delightful Time Of Year


Ah, lovely days this week in our little slice of paradise!

I had occasion to be in Payson each morning this week and got to ride the motorcycle! A little crisp at 8:30 a.m., but absolutely delightful in the early afternoon return to Strawberry.

Tuesday I noticed tiny, little, pale-violet lilac blossoms peeking out. Soon the bush will be in its full glory, much to the consternation of the APS meter reader! So my friend, get out of your truck and enjoy the fragrance of the high country. ’Tis glorious days to be alive!

An opportunity to do the smart thing

Mike Clark, the principal of the Pine Strawberry School reports that the Rim Country Literacy Program will offer GED preparation classes. There will be an information meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 in the school library. The purpose of the information meeting is to:

• Tell interested persons about the GED preparation program and services RCLP provides.

• Determine the time the classes will meet.

• Provide information about the GED exam and what is required to pass it.

For more information, call the Pine-Strawberry School: 928-476-3283 or RCLP 928-468-7257.

Did you miss your invitation, too?

A group of ladies decided to celebrate the royal wedding. Since their names were mistakenly left off of the official invitation list they decided to celebrate here in Payson. They met at the Chaparral Pines dining room for lunch and champagne. They were dressed appropriately for the wedding including hats and gloves. Certainly the royal family appreciated that.

And I’ll just bet the hats were every bit as — I am struggling for an adjective here —striking!

Calling all tractor lovers

The old tractor guys of Pine/Strawberry, are having a show in Pine. The third annual Pine Tractor & Engine Show will be held Saturday, May 14 at the Payson Concrete Material Yard.

There will be a large assortment of old farm tractors and equipment on display. There will raffles with prizes.

Admission for spectators is free, however, donations of non-perishable food will be appreciated. This is to support the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.

If you want more information, call Dave at 476-3623 or Randy at 476-4151.

Now this is an event that has a double benefit. The food bank benefits and the old tractors are just a hoot to look at and listen to. Have a grand time, guys and gals. I am sorry I have a prior commitment that day. I love old tractors!

The Pine Mall

This is how I was originally introduced to the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Shop. And indeed, it lives up to that moniker. There is something for everyone and even sales. Check these out:

Deck yourself and your family out to celebrate our Western heritage with Western wear and accessories, just in time for the upcoming Spring Rodeo. There will even be Western home décor available at affordable prices. There are two weeks to make your selections — the weeks of May 4-7, and May 11-14. Get there early for the best selections.

Be reminded that the “Pine Mall” also participates in the local “Shop Hop” every second Saturday along with other local business. Make it a family shopping day all over our fine communities. Also be reminded that one person’s no longer desired items are another’s treasures. Having a yard sale? Well, there are always leftovers. Why not take them to the Thrift Shop. There is no opportunity for others to enjoy them if they end up at the landfill.

If you can’t get them there, call for a pick up at 476-4610.. The P/S Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate with the Mikkelsons!

Victor and Jane Mikkelson celebrated their 65 wedding anniversary April 30 at their home in Pine with a potluck provided by their children. Present were five of their six children — Victoria Graham, Christine Saldivar, Elizabeth Stewart, Wesley Mikkelson, all from the Valley areas, and son Ronald who lives at home. Their son Richard lives in Las Vegas and was unable to come.

There were also grandchildren and great-grandchildren present.

The Mikkelsons were married April 21, 1946 in Mason City, Iowa. They have lived in Pine since 1987 when they retired after 29 years in Phoenix.

In this day, a 65-year marriage celebration is no small thing! May the richest blessings of God rain on all the days of your lives, Victor and Jane.

Getting it in the paper

I have had several inquiries about how to get “stuff” in the column, and what sort of “stuff” is acceptable. All you need to do is drop me an e-mail at spcolumnist@ I’d like to have your items no later than Monday evening. Understand that they won’t be in the paper until the following Friday. So be mindful of upcoming dates. Wondering if what you have is appropriate? Write me and we’ll talk about it. Leave me your phone number when you write. When I have the time, I will scratch my curiosity and stop by a local business. If you want me to drop by and see what you have to offer, drop me an e-mail. Warmer weather is upon us, and I, like others, tend to get busier and have less time to “scratch itches.” But I do love invitations!

Have a blessed week, dear ones.


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